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Train’s a-comin’ – all the way to the beach


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When the Culver City station of the Expo Line light rail opened June 28, 2012 my late friend TL and I were passengers on the first day. You can see my post about that event here. Having grown up riding the trains in England, being able to ride the rails to downtown LA was a dream come true.

This past Friday, May 20, 2016, the second half of that dream also became a reality. The long-awaited stretch from Culver City to Santa Monica can now be traversed by train. And how could I ever guess I would be living within walking distance (one mile) of two train stations, Culver City and Palms!

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I met my friend R at the 7th St. Metro Center, as far east as the Expo Line goes. He took the Blue Line which also ends at the Metro Center. Together we took the Purple Line to MacArthur Park and ate an early lunch at Langer’s Deli where I always order the kippers and scrambled eggs.

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Expo Line arriving at the beach with the new “Santa Monica” header.

We were back at the 7th Metro station in time to take the second train to Santa Monica. I believe the first one left the station at 11:25 am and we were there about 11:35. It was so strange to see the train pull up with the Santa Monica header instead of Culver City… I am rather sad about that!

By the time the train arrived at Culver City the train was jammed to the gills and no possible way for any other passengers to board. I was so glad I met my friend in downtown LA instead of attempting to meet him at Culver City. Even though the train was packed, people still insisted on squeezing their way through the doors. It was insane!

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Palms Station on the Expo Line. One of two stations within walking distance from my house.

I was afraid the overpasses would collapse with the weight or that the train would be too heavy to move. As it was, it did go rather slowly around the curves through West LA. The first new station after Culver City was Palms. I’ve been watching this station being constructed and it was cool to actually be stopping there.

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When we arrived at the Downtown Santa Monica station passengers were cheering and clapping. I have to admit I was thrilled! It was history in the making as the last time a train arrived in Santa Monica from downtown LA was 63 years ago in 1953.

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When the train doors opened it was like arriving on a new planet with everybody eager to explore.

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People just kept coming and coming and coming off the train.

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The train stops just a few blocks from the Santa Monica Pier. You can just see the entrance to the pier at the end of Colorado Blvd. in the center of the photo.

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When it was time to go back, they had things a little better organized. They had lines set up just like at Disneyland and they were allowing only so many people on the train at a time.
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This was certainly a day I will never forget!

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Click here for post about my second ride to the beach on Sunday.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

16 thoughts on “Train’s a-comin’ – all the way to the beach

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  2. It is a start! Good for LA. When I was there years ago I took a metro and it was great.

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  3. This is the most beautiful train station I’ve ever seen


    • I really like the way they have designed the stations. But they need to work on a way to install turnstiles on the open stations so people can’t ride for free. It’s a problem.


  4. Thanks for sharing this special event with us, Roslyn. Love the bright yellow!


  5. Mass transportation in LA is a great thing. I wish we had trains to NYC and Philadelphia (I live halfway between the two cities). There used to be trains here but people preferred to drive. For me that’s just too hard and expensive.


    • I’m so happy this happened in my lifetime. The first time we came to LA was in the early 60s when trains and trolleys were being phased out… by the time we came back a few years later there was no choice but to drive…. so it’s great to have the trains back!

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  6. This is so exciting! I cannot wait to visit and ride the train to the beach!


  7. You were so lucky Roslyn!You are going to enjoy wonderfu rides and have the chance to wander around!Superb photo series,you have impressively documented the big event!


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  9. Yes,I hadn’t missed this one and the mouthwatering delicacies,Roslyn …

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